Amanda Gegg, June 2018
It’s hard to believe that the past 4 years have flown by so quickly and our beloved World Cup is back once again to get our patriotic juices flowing. There is nothing quite like London on the day of an England game and despite the misinformed rumours of us being a rowdy nation, it is actually one of the nicest, most welcoming places to be.
And if we win… well, you’ll witness joy and elation like you’ve never experienced before! Here are just a few of our favourite places to set up camp on matchdays (for which we’d definitely advise arriving early if you want a good seat):
Bar Kick (Shoreditch)
Considering this is a bar themed around table football, you aren’t going to find a more on-topic place to watch the World Cup. They have also made a point of focussing on live sports screenings with their 60-inch and 80-inch tv screens, so there’s no way you’ll be disappointed.
Box Park (Shoreditch/Croydon)
Famed for their innovative approach to events, Box Park will be hosting outdoor screenings of all World Cup games on their gigantic screens with craft beer and pop-up street food at the ready. However, this is a ticketed event so be sure to think ahead.
With a 196-inch HD screen under their belt, you can guarantee that Pitch Stratford will be one of the best places to watch the big games, especially since most of the time entry is free unless its busy when you’ll be charged £5 and given a complimentary drink. Not bad, eh?
Zlatans Pop-Up (Infernos, Clapham)
Based on the legendary arrogance of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Zlatans pop-up at Infernos is back by popular demand with their gigantic screen and of course enough beer to quench the thirst of an army.
Tropicana Beach Club (Covent Garden)
For those of you looking for somewhere a bit different to watch the World Cup then Tropicana Beach Club is a perfect amalgamation of a beach-themed bar, with a strong emphasis on live sports.
Lower Marsh Market (Waterloo)
Coinciding with Waterloo Food Month, Lower Marsh Market will have a big screen set up for most big matches with deckchairs to sit on and mouth-watering food and beverages aplenty.
Bounce Ping Pong (Farringdon/Old Street)
Not only will Bounce have 12-foot screens set up for World Cup viewings, but they’ll also be hosting part-time shows and setting up extra-special food vendors. This is definitely the venue you’ll want to book if there are a few of you who want to watch the big matches together.
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